Bowl Pick: EagleBank

Bowl season in college football kicks off this year with the 2008 EagleBank Bowl set to kickoff at RFK Stadium between Wake Forest and Navy.

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a College Football Bowl Free Pick for the EagleBank Bowl, which takes place Saturday, December 20th at 11:00AM ET.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Wake forest –3 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 43.5 total points.

Key Trend: Navy is 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games and 4-1 straight up in their last five games. The total has also gone under in four of Navy’s last five games, while the total has gone under in seven of Wake Forest’s last 10 games.

Key Stat: Navy is averaging a whopping 294.8 yards per game on the ground this season while Wake Forest is allowing 116.1 rushing yards per game in 2008.

Game Outlook: This is the Midshipmen’s sixth straight winning season and the second consecutive year that they’ll open up the Bowl Season. Last year, Navy took Utah to the wire and covered the 7.5 point spread in a 35-32 loss. Oddsmakers won’t be as gracious this season, but that’s because they’re playing an inconsistent Wake Forest program. The Demon Deacons have an underrated defense, holding opponents to only 18.3 points per game, but Navy doesn’t hide from what it does best: run the football. They’re averaging close to 300 yards per game on the ground this year and have worn out opponents in the second half of games. Wake’s secondary is outstanding, but they won’t get much work come Saturday and we like Navy to grind out a win. And with Navy keeping the ball mostly on the ground, we love the under. See below for the rest of our college football bowl pick.

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Our Free College Football Bowl Pick matchup between the Navy Midshipmen and Wake Forest game is

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN +3

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Navy 20

Wake Forest 17

We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (43.5 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/19/08 8:00PM ET

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